They don’t call Melbourne the culture capital of Australia for no reason at all. There’s an impressive number of galleries, museums, and institutions of all sizes scattered across the vast cityscape.
Whether you are into sports or science, learning about the rich, diverse history of those who live in the city, or need a rainy day activity in Melbourne to keep you busy, there’s a great museum in Melbourne waiting for you to visit.
8 Melbourne Museums Worth the Visit!
A great place for curious minds of all-ages to ask why and discover how! Sciencework allows you to voyage into deep space at the Planetarium, discover the dynamics of human movement or race against Olympic champion Cathy Freeman in Sportwoods. Perfect for families and the inquisitive!
Address: 2 Booker St, Spotswood
Have a perfect family-friendly activity at the southern hemisphere’s biggest museum! The Melbourne Museum celebrates the origin of life. Check out prehistoric creatures, discover bugs and explore the seas in the Science and Life Gallery. It’s also a great place to teach children about aboriginal culture at the Binjilaka Aboriginal Culture Centre.
Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
National Sports Museum
Situated within the hallowed walls of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Sports Museum celebrates Australian sport and the history of this beloved ground. Featuring the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and Australian Football Hall of Fame, as well as sporting memorabilia, holograms, and interactive experiences.
Address: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Ave, Melbourne
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne’s iconic monument, the Shrine of Rememberance was built as a memorial to honour all those who served during World War I and all Australians who have since served in military conflict and peacekeeping operations. Open daily, visitors can wander through reflective exhibition spaces including Galleries of Remembrance, The Victoria Cross and Gallery of Medals and see over 800 objects including photos, uniforms and historical artefacts.
Address: Kings Domain, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
Through moving emotive exhibitions, Melbourne’s Immigration Museum explores Victoria’s multicultural identity. he museum explores the eventful and at time harrowing immigrant stories through exhibits such as Leaving Home, Journeys of a Lifetime and Getting In. The museum also features a Discovery Centre where you can trace your genealogical history and a Tribute Garden.
Address: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Located in Chinatown, the Chinese Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage and culture of the Australian Chinese community. Also acting as Chinatown’s visitors centre, the museum features three permanent exhibitions: Finding Gold, Dragon Gallery and Chinese Australian History. Over five floors you’ll see textiles, photographs and artefacts including The Millennium Dai Loong Dragon – the largest Chinese dragon in the world.
Address: 22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (better known as ACMI) is ‘Australia’s only national museum of film, video games, digital culture and art,’ and features two cinemas, exhibition spaces and the permanent and ever-evolving exhibit Screen Worlds. See Cate Blanchett’s Oscar, props from Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge and costumes from Kylie Minogue, Dame Edna and Heath Ledger. Visit the Time Slice room, gawk at the Zoetrope and discover the magic behind the moving image and digital culture.
Address: Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
For 87 years, Victoria’s Old Melbourne Gaol housed minor offenders and notorious criminals including gangster Squizzy Taylor. Among those executed were bushranger Ned Kelly and Jack the Ripper suspect Frederick Bailey Deeming. Today, the prison operates as a museum where visitors can see death masks, Kelly gang weapons and memorabilia from prisoners and staff. Visitors can also explore the complex including the gallows by candlelight on one of the frightful night tours.
Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne
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